Physical Therapy

Physical therapists evaluate clients for limitations in strength, range of motion, gait, endurance, pain, gross motor development, balance, coordination, movement, posture and the need for orthotics. Once the limitations are identified, a plan of care is designed to meet the specific needs of the client.

Pediatric Physical Therapy

 

Pediatric physical therapists (PTs) work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching their maximum potential to function independently and to promote active participation in home, school, and community environments. Physical therapists have expertise in movement, motor development, and body function (eg, strength and endurance). They apply clinical reasoning during examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention for children, youth, and young adults. As primary health care providers, PTs also promote health and wellness as they implement a wide variety of supports in collaboration with families, communities, and other medical, educational, developmental, and rehabilitation specialists.

Pediatric Therapy Services

 

Families are supported through coordination of services, advocacy, and assistance to enhance the development of their child. This can include:

• Developmental activities

• Movement and mobility

• Strengthening

• Motor learning

• Balance and coordination

• Recreation, play, and leisure

• Daily care activities and routines

• Equipment design, fabrication, and fitting

• Tone management

• Assistive technology

• Posture, positioning, and lifting

• Orthotics and prosthetics

• Burn and wound care

• Cardiopulmonary endurance

• Pain management

And many more...

Family Support

 

Families are supported through coordination of services, advocacy, and assistance to enhance the development of their child. This can include:

• Positioning during daily routines and activities

• Adapting toys for play

• Expanding mobility options

• Using equipment effectively

• Facilitating safety for the home and community

• Accessing community programs and resources

• Providing information on the child’s physical and health care needs

• Supporting family caregiving

• Facilitating transitions from early childhood, to school, and into adult life

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